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Melinda Drabek-Chritton and Chad Chritton, the 600-pound Wisconsin couple accused of starving their 15-year-old daughter down to 70 pounds and forcing her to eat human waste, have set up a website soliciting donations for their legal defense.
To explain the daughter's weight at the time of their arrest, the couple's website includes an unsigned testimonial from a man named "Mike," who claims that the daughter often refused food.
Following interviews with the girl, prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint that the family locked SLC in the basement, where she was starved. SLC told police she was deprived of a bathroom and used "boxes or containers" to relieve herself. When things got messy, the girl reported to investigators, "they will make me eat it. Or drink it or rub it on my face."
Bail has been set at $20,000 apiece for a Madison man and wife who are accused of torturing and starving the man's 15-year-old daughter over a period of years. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the 15-year-old was only 70 pounds and told police she was forced to live in the basement since about 2006.
Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says a passerby notified police after seeing the girl wearing only pajamas and walking barefoot near her home Feb. 6.
A doctor specializing in child abuse who examined the girl Friday said she suffered from "serial torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation," DeSpain said.